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Lord Manimal Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Ricochet Apache
9volt revolution
12volt revolution
Marker Setup: Too many to list
Strengths: Effectiveness
Weaknesses: Brittle plastic
VERY unbalanced (all weight is at the "back" of the hopper/gun)
Review: 223 Balls MAX

215 comfortably

Can dump out hopper in 12 seconds on the nose. (4 or 5 of those seconds are spent with the final balls rolling around with the arms trying to grab them to force them down).

First thing you notice about the egg when you throw it on your gun is a MAJOR weight distribution issue. When loaded with paint, it dumps nearly all of it's weight at the back of your gun, where most guns are heaviest already. Add on a tank (if you're not using a remote) and you are severely out of balance, needing to push the entire nose of the gun towards the ground because it wants to rear up so heavily. You'll be regretting that in a long game, believe me.

The 6 arms seem to do one of the best jobs gripping paint of any of the arm systems out there. If there is a ball nearby, it's right into one of the 6 arms from any position in the hopper.

The internal design of the egg is unrivaled, in the gravity fed hopper department. There is simply no place for a ball to be except as close to the bottom of the hopper as it can. No ledges or nooks or crannies for any balls to hide in. You will NEVER have to shake this hopper to get a ball into the agitators arms.

The egg uses a double eye system that "sees" when a paintball is in the neck, just as the 9volt revi's of yesteryear. But hey, when something ain't broke, why fix it, eh? The beauty of the eye system is that if a ball is not in the neck, the agitator is running, and you'll have a ball shortly. (Unlike the apache, which I mentioned in a similar review of that product)

The plastic is FAR less durable than it should be. Many folks I know have their taped to the gun because the feed neck breaks right off time and time again.

The single biggest problem with the egg is the HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE (did I say HORRIBLE?) battery cover. It simply doesn't work. To put the batteries in that position may have been a design necessity, but to design as crappy a cover as humanly possible, I'm sure was not. Almost every weekend I have to keep Karens taped. I see one out of every 3 guys using an egg with tape wrapped around this damn thing. For some reason, there are almost no complaints about it on the net, but believe me. I see a LOT of people with this problem. I'm obviously in love with the hopper, I'm not knocking it, but it really does have a serious design flaw. Spending nearly 100 bucks on a hopper, only to have to wrap it in electrical tape like a freakin wallmart special is just not right. Even putting the batteries in is a hassle. They include a plastic spacer "in case" the batteries don't fit right. Believe me. They don't. That spacer is as necessary as paint inside the hopper in order to make it functional. Bad designers. No cookies.

One other thing to note. Without an adapter of some sort, the neck is WAY too thick to fit into most stock vertical feed necks. You need a locking/tightening feed neck to make it fit. Seriously. I just bought an adapter today for a piranha srt just to make the egg work with it. Last week the entire hopper was taped to the gun cartoon style with tape just rolled around the hopper, to the trigger, over the barrel, around the hopper again etc. People thought I was nutz that hadn't had the probem. Those that have had an egg with those problems just nodded with sympathy.
Conclusion: All in all, this hopper has it where it counts; it works and works well.
It has some design flaws that should have been addressed before it was released, but hey, nobodys perfect. Well worth the money spent, in any regard.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
lobsterboy360 Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 | 7:10 pm PST
Why didn't you just sand the neck to fit?

Zorath Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 | 7:14 pm PST
Great review! Thanks for all the info.

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